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Sunday, 13 August 2017 08:00

Trump needs to name and condemn the evil in Charlottesville

Written by  Washington Examiner

In most of President Trump's unpresidential moments, he speaks when he should remain silent. On Saturday, as Nazis and white supremacists — many dressed and armed as militias — brought down havoc and death upon Charlottesville, Va.

, Trump committed the opposite sin: He did not say what needed saying.

Trump, who blasted President Obama and his opponent Hillary Clinton throughout the campaign for their reticence to call "radical Islamic terror" by its name, on Saturday resorted to incoherent and intentionally vague platitudes instead of condemning by name the perpetrators.

"We ALL must be united & condemn all that hate stands for," Trump wrote nonsensically on Twitter in his first statement of the day. "There is no place for this kind of violence in America. Lets come together as one!"

Senators and governors of his party, in contrast, had no problem naming and condemning the white supremacists.

After a police helicopter crashed killing two officers, Trump extended condolences to those police deceased, but he failed to mention the young woman, peacefully protesting the white supremacists, who was mowed down by a car in an apparent act of terrorist murder.

In a sense, Trump's most glaring sin of omission was his refusal to renounce those of the racists who waved his banner.

Read more at The Washington Examiner

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